News for the Notetakers

A Newsletter for the Clerks of Session

of Highlands Presbytery

March 2023

From the Stated Clerk

~ Rev. Dr. Steven Shussett

Reading the 2022 Minutes!

It’s that time of year again! Yes, it’s time to have your session’s minutes reviewed. We’ve learned a lot since March 2020 and the pandemic, including the reality that no one size fits all. What does that mean for you and your minutes? Choices! But also some new responsibilities.

Read More and Register

News You Can Use

Did you know you can find training videos on the Presbytery’s website? Look under “Resources and Documents” for Presbytery Videos such as:

  • Manual of Operations Workshop;
  • Officer Training for Elders and Deacons (3 parts); and
  • Session Structure in the Post-Pandemic Environment

Don’t forget that along with your pastor, you are one of the key communicators in your church — so make sure others know these and other resources are available.

Presbytery Videos

Mark Your Calendars


Has your commissioner reported to the session on the March Presbytery meeting?

April 29 from 10am-12pm:

In-person Session Minute Review. First Presbyterian Church of Hackettstown (298 Main Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840). Registration required, other reviewing options available

May 6 from 10am-12pm:

In-person Session Minute Review. Highlands Presbytery Office (390 Route 10 West, Randolph, New Jersey 07869). Registration required, other reviewing options available.

May 9 from 7-9pm:

Stated Meeting of the Highlands Presbytery, Hybrid at Camp Johnsonburg and on Zoom.

Has your commissioner been elected by session for the May Presbytery meeting?

Does your pastor know there is a Pastors’ Retreat May 9-10?

Don’t forget to have your commissioner report to the session after the May Presbytery meeting.

June 1:

Session Minute Review Deadline. Make sure your form is sent to the Presbytery Office here.

2022 Annual Statistical Report


To all of you who made sure your data was made available to the greater church. We can't do better than 100% participation!

Thank you to Sonja Gaertner, Highlands Presbytery's Office Manager, for all she did to make that happen.


A Newsletter for the Clerks of Session of Highlands Presbytery

will come out quarterly, in March, June, September, and December. If you have something to share or a question for the community of clerks, please send it to by the last week of the month before. 

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